When Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012 I was living in Brooklyn, stuck in my apartment for days while the worst of the destruction passed. Besides a few fallen trees, my neighborhood was safe, but others were left without a home. Stuck between cabin fever and a desire to get out and help, I decided to make the best of my time. I'd just bought a set of watercolor paints because I wanted to make my own calendar, so I got to learning the basics and after a few days, I set up an Etsy shop, printed off a few copies, and sold 2013 calendars with all the proceeds going to Sandy victims.
The following year, a bit better with the brush, I created a calendar based on seasonal fruits and vegetables. It was a labor of love, but felt so amazing to see the calendar hanging in friends and family member's homes.
Last winter I was a bit preoccupied with planning a wedding, so I temporarily passed on the tradition. This year, at the sweet request of friends, I'm back! But, not without some struggle. Let's just say, a lot went wrong.
I decided to paint quotes about delight for each month - apparently not many actual good quotes use the word, "delight."
I thought I'd have no problem making the paintings digital - they scanned in terrible and Photoshopping them just made it worse.
I painted at will, not worrying about size or distribution - bad idea when you want to fit something within scale of a calendar.
And so, I tried Plan B - a digital calendar - with much greater success! Until I went to my local shipping and office shop to print.
My fancy paper jammed the printer.
Another customer began printing on said fancy paper.
Emails weren't working.
Passwords weren't working.
Yet I kept getting charged more and more money...
You guys, it was a tiny nightmare. One that led to a nice little hug in the form of a cheeseburger.
But I am PROUD to say that "delight" has prevailed! You are the first to know that in two days, my 2016: A Delightful Year Calendar will be released! It will be the first product in the All the Delights Shop as a digital download for you to purchase and print as many times as you want. It's the perfect gift for your mom, sisters, aunts, cousins, co-workers, and of course, yourself.
I hope it brings a bit of daily delight into your life, knowing the road that it travelled to get to you.